Sunday, September 20, 2009

a just-in-time shower

Saturday proved to be an exciting day.

For a couple of months, I have been working with three other women from church to coordinate a baby shower for our friend Jennifer. Jennifer expected her first baby to arrive on or around October 15th, and we all agreed that September 19th should be a safe date for the shower.

Jennifer arrived yesterday morning for the shower looking as polished and beautiful as she always does. It wasn't until she declined food that she admitted that she had woken up that morning with cramps and wasn't feeling very well. However, she opened every last gift and endured every single picture with a glowing smile on her face. When the shower ended, close to 1 p.m., Jennifer mentioned that she felt even worse and planned to make a trip to the hospital that afternoon. Her declaration sparked every current mother in the room's personal story about her own false alarm. Jennifer received myriad sympathetic pats and hugs and words of encouragement, but I don't think that anyone in the room really believed that she would have the baby that day.

How wrong we were.

Jennifer left the shower and went home to basically call her doctor and pick up her husband. Her daughter, Juliet, was born at 6:30 p.m. that evening, a petite five pounds and ten ounces and nearly four weeks early, but beautiful and perfectly healthy in every way.

Juliet must have known that there was a party being thrown in her honor, and she tried her best to make it there in person.


Katie said...

Wow! I'm so glad mom and baby are healthy! What a surprise!

Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

Wow! I am so glad to hear everything is healthy, that is pretty early. Maybe her due date was a bit off? I hope you ladies consider moving from shower duty to meal duty and send them some food! I bet they're not ready at all!!